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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Kyoung Sun Moon, Yale University, USA

Speech Title: Building Supertall in Asia and Middle East  

Abstract: Supported by rapid economic growth, major cities in Asia and the Middle East have been rising as new centers for tall and supertall buildings with their greater urban and global impacts. This presentation examines technological responses for building tall in Asian and Middle Eastern contexts. The architectural transformation and globalization of what was once called the American building type in Asian and Middle Eastern countries is studied. Sustainable design technology transfer and adjustment in Asian and Middle Eastern climates are also presented. Further, future prospects on supertall design in Asian and Middle Eastern contexts are discussed. Emphasis is placed on building supertall in China, considering its ever-increasing dramatic development of tall buildings in recent years.

Bio: Dr. Kyoungsun Moon is Associate Professor at Yale University School of Architecture. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Moon was an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a B.S. in architecture from Seoul National University, an M.Arch. and an M.S.C.E. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his doctoral dissertation titled “Dynamic Interrelationship between Technology and Architecture in Tall buildings.” Dr. Moon worked as an architect at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago, one of the primer tall building design firms, and the Republic of Korea Navy.  

Dr. Moon’s primary research area is integration between the art and science/technology of architecture, with a focus on tall buildings. His enduring interest lies in viewing architecture from a synthetic perspective that includes rigorous technology research and a deep interest in design. Dr. Moon’s research projects include “Sustainable Structural Design of Tall Buildings” sponsored by the Hines Research Fund for Advanced Sustainability in Architectural Design and “Structural Systems for Complex-Shaped Tall Buildings” supported by Korea Institute of Construction and Transportation Technology Evaluation and Planning.   

Dr. Moon’s research articles on tall buildings have appeared in scholarly journals such as The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, Engineering Structures, Journal of Architectural Engineering, Architectural Science Review and International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development. Dr. Moon has also presented many research papers on tall buildings in relevant international conferences including the 8th CTBUH World Congress in Dubai and CTBUH 2011 World Conference in Seoul. He is the guest editor of the special issue on Tall Buildings of the journal Buildings. 
Dr. Moon is a licensed architect in the U.S., and a member of the CTBUH and ASCE Committee on Tall Buildings in which he is the co-chair of the subcommittee on the state of the art technologies for tall buildings. As a teacher, Dr. Moon taught tall building design studios at the School of Architecture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for three years. Since he joined the Yale faculty in 2008, he has taught a tall building design seminar course titled “Structures and Façades for Tall Buildings.”


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. C. W. Lim, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Speech title: A New Symplectic Approach for Thermal Buckling of Cylindrical Shells


Abstract: In the aftermath of 911, thousands of lives were sacrificed mainly due to the collapsed of two tall buildings resulted from excessive temperature that weakened the building structures.  In this aspect, we intend to study the effects of temperature on the possible collapse of building due to structural buckling.  Specifically, the research here deals with thermal buckling of cylindrical shells in a uniform temperature field based on the Hamiltonian principle in a symplectic space.  In the system, the buckling problem is reduced to an eigenvalue problem which corresponds to the critical temperatures and buckling modes.  Unlike the classical approach where a predetermined trial shape function satisfying the geometric boundary conditions is required at the outset, the symplectic eigenvalue approach is completely rational where solutions satisfying both geometric and natural boundary conditions are solved with complete reasoning.  The results reveal distinct axisymmetric buckling and non-axisymmetric buckling modes under thermal loads.  Besides, the influence for different boundary conditions is discussed.


Bio: Dr. Lim obtained a B.Eng. (1989) in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautics) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), a M.Eng. (1992) in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) and a PhD (1995) in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia. He was later appointed as a Research Fellow at Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong from December 1997. In February 2000, he joined Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor and later promoted as an Associate Professor in February 2003. He is also a Guest Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) since March 2006.


Dr. Lim is a fellow of International Biography Association, Cambridge, England since 2000. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Acoustical Society if America (ASA) and Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. he is also a member of The Hong Kong Institution of Mechanical Engineers (HKIE) and a Registered Professional Engineer (RPE). He has been listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Dictionary of International Biography and Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering. Among the awards Dr. Lim has obtained are Best Academic Performance Medal in Mechanical Engineering (Aero) in 1989, University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-97), University of Hong Kong Research Fellowship (1998-2000).


Dr. Lim has published a book on Symplectic Elasticity, more than 130 refereed technical papers and more than 60 international conference papers. His publications have attracted more than 850 independent citations in refereed international journals, numerous technical notes, international conferences papers and research theses since 1993. He is the Associate Editor (Asia-Pacific Region) for Advances in Vibration Engineering, and on the editorial board of three other international journals, as well as in the International Advisory Committee of numerous other international conferences. He has attracted more than 20 research grants as Principal Investigator and others as Associate Investigator since 1995. He also acts as a reviewer for books published by John Wiley & Sons, Kluwer Academic Publishers and for technical papers of more than 40 prestigious international journals.


Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Xiaohong Zhu, Sichuan University, China

Speech title: Graphene-based Electrode Materials for Supercapacitors


Abstract: Graphene has attracted much attention since it was firstly stripped from graphite by two physicists in 2004, and the supercapacitor based on graphene has obtained wide attention and much investment as well. However, there are many problems to solve in practical application of graphene-based supercapacitors, for instance, how to reduce the cost and simplify the fabrication process and how to improve further the electrochemical performance. In this talk, I will present our recent breakthroughs in fabricating graphene-based electrode materials for high-performance supercapacitors. First of all, to avoid graphene restacking, we come up with a pumping paper process, that is, when we use force to draw the paper from a small pore, the paper would fold. So here, we report a novel strategy to prepare wrinkled flower-like graphene through a simple suction filtration process. The wrinkled flower-like graphene shows a high specific capacitance of 272 F g-1 and a perfect capacitance retention of 99.5% after 2,000 times of charging/discharging cycles. Second, graphene/MnO2 and graphene/Ni(OH)2 composites with high electrochemical performance are prepared. Last but not least, 3D hierarchical porous carbon-based electrode materials (3DHPCs) with a composite structure are prepared from a biomass waste, sheep manure, by a facile carbonization and activation process without using any additional template. Benefiting from the composite structure, the ions experience a variety of environments, i.e., graphene-like sheets, nanotube- and microtube-like pores coexist in the same material, which, in turn, contribute significantly to the excellent electrochemical properties of supercapacitors, comprising high specific capacitance, outstanding rate capability and excellent long cycle stability. The specific capacitance at large current densities of 1 A g-1 and 50 A g-1 reaches as high as 486 F g-1 and 411 F g-1, respectively, in 6 M KOH electrolyte. Furthermore, the supercapacitor device based on 3DHPCs shows a superior cycle stability with almost 100% retention of the initial specific capacitance after 10,000 cycles; in addition, it yields a Ragone curve with high energy and power density combinations of 57.08 Wh kg-1 at 25.37 kW kg-1. 

Bio: Dr. Xiaohong Zhu is currently a full professor at College of Materials Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, China. Dr. Zhu received his BSc degree in Materials Physics from Sichuan University in 2000 and PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. After that, he did 3-year postdoctoral research at CNRS and CEA in France, and then joined Sichuan University as a professor in 2009. From April 2012 to April 2013, he was also a research scholar at the Department of Physics & Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA. He was selected as a New Century Excellent Talent in University of China in 2009 and an Outstanding Young Scientific and Technological Leader of Sichuan Province, China in 2011. Dr. Zhu’s research interests include mainly graphene-based electrode materials and novel solid-state electrolytes for energy storage devices (supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries), piezoelectric ceramics, as well as multifunctional oxide thin films and related electronic devices. Until now, he has authored/co-authored more than 80 SCI-indexed papers and 2 scientific books.

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Chien-Yuan Chen, National Chiayi University, Taiwan

Speech title: Application of thermal images for determining the vegetation coverage ratio at free-frame shotcrete grid beam protected slope


Abstract: In this study, infrared thermography was used to determine the vegetation coverage ratio (VCR) at a free-frame shotcrete grid beam-protected slope. An infrared thermal imager can detect the changes in surface radiation temperature on naked and vegetation-covered slope areas. Regional temperature analysis was performed through thermography, and the average temperature derived from the captured thermal images was used as the index for the vegetation area; the VCR was also evaluated. This method can be used in engineering practice after construction to reduce the errors in subjective visual judgment and can also serve as an effective and scientific evaluation methodology. A long-distance noncontact detection method for VCR evaluation can increase the engineering applicability of the proposed method after construction.

Bio: Chien-Yuan Chen was born on Oct. 27, 1969, in Changhua City, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, in 2001. He received his M.Sc. in Department of Civil Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, in 1995. He was an associate research fellow (2001-2006) at Slopeland Disaster Reduction Division, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Sindian District, in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He was an assistant professor and an associate professor at Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University. He is currently as a professor at Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University, Chiayi City, Taiwan. His research is focused on the following: disaster prevention management and system, disaster prevention education, debris flow and landslide hazards prevention and mitigation, Geotechincal engineering, GIS application and numerical modeling. He is a member of Disaster Management Society of Taiwan. He’s recent publications included:

Chien-Yuan Chen*, 2016. Landslide characteristics under extreme rainfall conditions after Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan. Landslide 13:153–164 (SCI:2.87).

Chien-Yuan Chen*, Jun-Ming Chang, 2016. Landslide dam formation susceptibility analysis based on geomorphic features. Landslide 13:1019–1033 (SCI:2.87)

His research grants are sourced from Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Taiwan mainly. Those include:

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Landslide self-organized criticality and the initiation of debris flow (NSC 94-2211-E-492-002)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Morphometric analysis of debris flows and their source areas using GIS (NSC 95-2221-E-492-002)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Riverbank landslide self-organized criticality and the initiation of landslide dam (NSC99-2625-M-415-003-MY3)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Batter Pile Behavior Modeling Using Finite Difference Analysis (NSC 102-2221-E-415-008-MY3)

Other grants were sourced from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan (MOE) and local government (Chiayi County in Taiwan).

Invited Speaker I

Prof. Muthukumaran Packirisamy, CONCORDIA University, Canada


Abstract: Nanometal-polymer composite films are hybrid materials with inorganic nanoparticles immobilized and uniformly dispersed into a polymer matrix. Nanoparticles such as gold and silver, used to enhance the optical properties of the polymers, are called `optically effective additives` as they lead to new functionalities of the polymer based materials. Au (Ag)-polymer and copolymer composite films are suitable for applications such as waveguides, color filters, thermo-chromic materials etc. The strong plasmon band of Au and Ag nanoparticles (Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance) in the visible spectrum, that originates from the excitation of plasmons by the incident light, makes noble metal-polymer nanocomposites particularly adequate for sensing and biosensing applications. Furthermore, association of Au and Ag nanoparticles of various shapes with poly(dimethyl siloxan) (PDMS), allows the use of nanocomposite materials for microfluidic biosensing as well. In this presentation, we will talk about the in-situ synthesis of Au-PDMS and Ag-PDMS nanocomposites both at the macroscale and inside the channel of a microfluidic chip. The in-situ synthesis of nanoparticles involves the reduction of gold ions in a gold precursor solution by the curing agent of the polymer. The kinetics of the reaction has been investigated and the effect of annealing temperature on the morphology of nanoparticles has been studied by using imaging and spectroscopic methods. The nanocomposite has been successfully used for sensing of antibody-antigen interactions, allowing the detection of various important proteins. Nanocomposies of metals integrated into other polymers such as PMMA, PVA, and PS have been synthesized as well by using UV, microwave and thermal reduction methods. The effect of the particle`s shape on the properties of nanocomposites and their sensing abilities has also been studied by synthesizing nanostar particles and integrating them into microchannels. Because of the biocompatibility and non-toxicity of gold and silver nanoparticles, their nanocomposites can be used for plasmonic detection of biological entities in cancer research.

Biography: Dr. M. Packirisamy is a Professor and Concordia Research Chair at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Concordia University. An expert in the areas of Micro-Nano-Bio Integration, Optical Bio Microsystems, In-Situ and Ex-situ Nano Integration of Lab On Chip and microsensors, he develops and studies nano integrated microsystems for various applications. As the Director of Micro-Nano-Bio Integration Center and Optical Bio Microsystems Lab, he developed this lab focusing on Lab on Chip, Bio-Microsystems and micro-nano integration. He is the recipient of Member Royal Society of Canada College, Fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada, Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of Institution of Engineers India, Fellow of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and I.W.Smith award from Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University Research Fellow, Petro Canada Young Innovator Award and ENCS Young Research Achievement Award. As an author of more than 420 articles published in journals and conference proceedings, he has 18 inventions in the area of micro and nano systems. He has supervised more than 13 Research Associates, 31 PhDs and 40 Master students. He was successful in obtaining grants worth of more than $14 Million. He has also recently published a textbook, BioMEMS: Engineering and Science Perspectives (CRC Press, 2011), and 3 book chapters. His Recent invention on energy harvesting from photosynthesis of blue green algae had more than 3000 citations around the world and was covered by most of the countries and media throughout the world including Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), NDTV, Montreal Gazette, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Royal Society of Canada, International Business Times, Thomson Reuters, and many more.



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